After last week’s busy Push the Boat Out open day, our racing schedule was back to normal. Wet, gusty weather greeted sailors, especially the Saturday Social crowd that gathered to get more sailing experience – open to all, on Saturday mornings.
By the time racing started, the rain had passed through and the wind abated a little. In the F15s, Ian/Lezliann had some close racing with Ian/Elaine, and after trailing at the end of the first lap pulled through to win with a strong lead. Robin/Erin looked as if they were going to do the same against Alex/Olivia, both in RS200s, but they failed to cover up the final beat – he should know better!
Throughout the afternoon sailors had to contend with shifty conditions which had a drastic effect on positions from time to time.
Despite rain all around, the Bass micro climate remained dry on Sunday, and brightened up to a sunny afternoon!
With the wind coming over Sale Fell again, there were plenty of shifts to contend with again. The wind was stronger and gustier than Saturday, so there were more good planing conditions, combined with some gybes, there were several capsizes throughout the day. Competition was keen at the front end of both fleets. Ian/Lezliann had to fight hard, but successfully secured another two wins for a clean sweep over the weekend.
In the handicap fleet, Alex/Olivia gave Robin/Erin a run for their money for more close racing in the morning, but the honours went to Val/Ken in their GP, with Zefer 2nd in his Laser. Joe won the afternoon race, with Alex/Olivia 2nd.
The day was not without injury. Elaine failed to duck a boom, Mik was attacked by a starting pin, and Eleanor went quiet thinking she had broken her elbow!